FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Digitally Enabled Development for a Sustainable Future in Eastern Europe

Vrdnik, Serbia, 18/09/2019 - 20/09/2019

Digital technologies are profoundly changing our societies. They act as a catalyst to development and, if harnessed, can help reverse negative trends in the Eastern European region. Still, good practices are fragmented, and rooted to a particular often local context which does not permit the region to fully benefit from the multitude of opportunities. Considering those bounding conditions, the organizers of the conference would like to bring together a variety of stakeholders, representing the public sector, civil society, academia and business, in order to (i) exchange good practices, (ii) establish partnerships, and ultimately learn from each other.
Particular emphasis would, considering their cross-cutting nature, be put on the following aspects:

  • technological enablers of digital transformation,
  • digital data,
  • good tenure governance, and
  • innovative services and applications combining the above.

The phenomenon of digital transformation is very broad, and we would therefore like to focus our attention to the following domains: regional and spatial planning, next generation farming, smart cities and governance of land tenure.

The conference is jointly organised by the Serbian Republic Geodetic Authority, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, the World Bank, United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management in Europe, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, and FAO.